A few bad apples: Nationwide study shows that police crime is rampant

“So far this month, two New York City police commanders have been arrested on corruption allegations, an officer in Killeen, Tex., has been accused of sexually assaulting a female driver, a Philadelphia police officer has been charged with extortion of a drug dealer, and an officer in Hono­lulu has been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl.

Such sporadic news accounts of police officers being arrested led one group of researchers to a question: How much crime do police officers commit?  No one was keeping track, much as no one was tracking how often police officers shoot and kill civilians, although both may involve use of police power and abuse of public trust.

Now there is an answer: Police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day, according to a new national study. The most common crimes were simple assault, drunken driving and aggravated assault, and significant numbers of sex crimes were also found. About 72 percent of officers charged in cases with known outcomes are convicted, more than 40 percent of the crimes are committed on duty, and nearly 95 percent of the officers charged are men.

The study is thought to be the first-ever nationwide look at police crime, and was conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University through a grant from the Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice. The research covered seven years, 2005 to 2011, and sought to quantify not only the prevalence of police officers arrested across the country, but also how law enforcement agencies discipline officers who are arrested and how officer arrests might correlate with other forms of misconduct.”

For example, the study found that 22 percent of the officers arrested had been named as defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit at some point in their careers, unrelated to their arrest case. The authors suggest that police agencies analyzing such suits “could potentially lead to new and improved mechanisms to identify and mitigate various forms of police misconduct.”

In the seven years of the study, the researchers compiled 6,724 cases, or about 960 cases per year, involving about 792 officers per year — 674 officers were arrested more than once. But the study has continued beyond 2011, and lead researcher Philip M. Stinson at Bowling Green said the number of cases now averages about 1,100 arrests per year.

“Police crimes are not uncommon,” Stinson concluded. “Our data directly contradicts some of the prevailing assumptions and the proposition that only a small group of rotten apples perpetrate the vast majority of police crime.” Although nearly 60 percent of the crimes “occurred when the officer was technically off-duty,” Stinson wrote, “a significant portion of these so-called off-duty crimes also lies within the context of police work and the perpetrator’s role as a police officer, including instances where off-duty officers flash a badge, an official weapon, or otherwise use their power, authority, and the respect afforded to them as a means to commit crime.”

“This is probably the tip of the iceberg,” said Cara Rabe-Hemp, a professor at Illinois State University who has studied police deviance. She said the effort is the “first-ever study to quantify police crime” and shows it is “much much more common than what police scholars and police administrators previously thought.”

The rest here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/06/22/study-finds-1100-police-officers-per-year-or-3-per-day-are-arrested-nationwide/?utm_term=.25eaa2159d85

 

Hero of the week : Jacksonville corrections officer beats shackled woman who was arrested for driving with a suspended license

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Posted by Deborah Jarrett

“JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 21-year-old female corrections officer was arrested and fired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office after police said she beat a woman who was shackled in the Duval County jail.

Catherine Thompson had been with JSO for 14 months and was still in her probationary period, Undersheriff Pat Ivey said Thursday.

Ivey said a woman was arrested Friday on a charge of driving without a valid license. The woman, Kirenda Welch, encountered Thompson while being searched at the jail and the two exchanged insults, Ivey said.

Welch, who told News4Jax she’s five weeks pregnant, said the episode began when she took issue with the itchy uniform she was given, according to her complaint.

“The pants immediately started to itch me. Something was wrong with the pants. I told her, ‘These are old. They’re dirty, and they stink and I’m itching. I can’t put on the pants. I left the shirt on. Can you please give me another pair of pants?'” Welch said.

She said her criticism was met with racial slurs.

“She pretty much went off and started calling me Kunta Kinte,” said Welch, referring to the slave character from the novel and TV miniseries “Roots.”

At some point, Ivey said, Welch was placed in four-point restraints, meaning she was handcuffed and her legs were shackled, and her hands and legs were connected by a chain. She said things escalated when she complained that the shackles were too tight.

According to Ivey,  Thompson hit Welch in the face and knocked her to the floor. He said she repeatedly attacked Welch while she was on the ground. At one point during the struggle, Welch said, she fought back. She was later maced”

“She punched me dead in my forehead, right in the middle. Boom. I could not believe it,” Welch said. “I can’t believe she’s doing this. I’m shackled up. I’m on my back … She used both hands and banged my head into the concrete wall. I was like, ‘Oh my God. This is it. It’s happening.’

“Ivey said Thompson then wrote a report about the incident that was “not honest.” Thompson has been charged with misdemeanor battery and official misconduct, which is a felony. Because she was still on probation, Thompson was fired immediately. Ivey said he did not know the specifics of the verbal exchange between the two women.

Welch, 36, told News4Jax on Thursday that, physically, she has some scrapes that are healing. Mentally, she said, she’s dealing with post-traumatic stress and worrying that her unborn child could be injured. Welch said she’s planning to file a lawsuit against JSO.”

 

“Welch also gave News4Jax the details of the traffic stop Friday that led to her being taken to the Duval County jail.

Welch said she and her two children were on the way back from a youth basketball game Friday evening. She said she was driving a Dodge Charger on Firestone Road when her toddler got out of his safety seat.

“I tried to hurry and pull over, so I made an illegal U-turn. I was trying to get him settled,” she said.

That’s when a police officer got behind her and initiated a traffic stop.

Welch said she then got out of her car to tend to her son in the back seat while the officer was parked behind her.

“He jumped out with a gun drawn. So I’m like, ‘Oh my God. Please don’t shoot. I was, like, ‘I don’t want to die.’ I told my son to put his hands up,” Welch said. “The officer later told me that he didn’t know what I was going to do to him. That’s why he had his gun drawn.”

The officer checked her license and learned it was suspended.

“I ran through a toll I didn’t know about. They sent it to my old address. I never got it. I didn’t pay it so they suspended my license,” Welch said. “So, I’m riding around all this time and they said a judge signed off on it May 30.”

She was then placed under arrest and taken to the Duval County jail, where investigators said she was beaten by the now-former corrections officer.”

The rest here at the original : https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/jacksonville/jso-corrections-officer-arrested-fired-after-she-beat-shackled-woman

Heroes of the week 2/20/2018: Cops arrested for blackmail, child sex,theft, drugs, child pornography and more

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Hero of the week : Miami cop caught on tape snorting cocaine

Welcome to Florida, home of the dirty cop. What you don’t want to have happen is for one of these heroes in blue to pull you over on vacation; And in Florida they make that really easy. With almost no probable cause you can be stopped. While traveling down the highway a Florida cop can say that he smelled the odor of burning marijuana and pull you over.  Another famous one is the “No seat belt”. When someone has tinted windows it is almost impossible to see whether or not they are belted. Yet, in Florida “No seat belt” is cause to pull you over.    Good luck, stay safe andstay away from this guy and his buddies.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/downtown-miami/ugk1by/picture193840844/alternates/FREE_1140/0016%20OFF%20DUTY%20OFFICER%20COCAI
Posted by Deborah Jarrett

“MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A City of Miami police officer is on the wrong side of the law, facing a charge of cocaine possession.

Officer Adrian Santos is suspended with pay pending termination proceedings, according to Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes who spoke at an afternoon news conference regarding the arrest.

Investigators say Santos was charged for allegedly snorting cocaine at E11EVEN nightclub in Miami on November 18th and it was captured on club surveillance video.

“It appears [to show] him bringing something to his nose, and sniffing the cocaine,” Llanes said of the surveillance footage.

Santos was detained by club bouncers and turned over to Miami Police.

“A forensic analysis positively indicated the white powdery substance as cocaine,” Llanes added.

A two and a half-year veteran, Santos was off-duty and out of uniform at the time.

Santos surrendered to authorities on January 8th and has since been released.”

Miami Police Officer Arrested On Cocaine Possession Charge

Heroes: Three cops on trial for lying about beating suspect after realizing they were being taped

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 If you have ever had a cop lie about you on a police report, you are far from alone.   It is standard practice in almost every interaction for the cops involved to change their reports to fit the narrative they want.  It doesn’t get quashed because in most cases even when it is obvious. In court the judge and the prosecutor would rather have a win than “Impeach the testimony of a sworn officer of the court”.    After all , wins get prosecutors points and the fees and fines pay the judges salary.  I actually have a transcript from a court case in Pinellas Florida where an FWC officer blatantly lied in clear contradiction of his deposed testimony.   The judge allowed the lie in the record which ended in a conviction.     The very same judge illegally allowed an officer to give a victims impact statement at sentencing when there was no victim at all.     The officer actually wanted to read an article from an “Anti police” site written by the defendants husband.     The judge allowed it, said he couldn’t let it influence his sentence, and then quoted the article during sentencing.     Don’t be surprised if a cop lies; it is part of the system. Innocent men don’t pay fines, only those found guilty do.

“Three Boynton Beach police officers took part in an illegal “beatdown” of a suspect, then concocted a cover-up when they found out they had been videotaped by a hovering helicopter, prosecutors told jurors Tuesday.

Defense attorneys for the three men, only one of whom still works in law enforcement, told the jury the criminal trial is an unfair attempt by prosecutors to second-guess how the officers handled a very dangerous arrest.

“People want to second-guess them after the fact. … The government is Monday-morning quarterbacking,” defense attorney Bruce Reinhart said during opening statements in federal court in West Palm Beach.

But prosecutors quickly followed up with damaging testimony from three fellow law enforcement officers – who expressed concerns about how the incident, and the aftermath, was handled by the defendants.

The trio accused of inflicting the beating – Officer Michael Brown and former officers Justin Harris and Ronald Ryan – have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that could send them to prison if they are convicted.

Prosecutors say Brown, Harris and Ryan used “excessive force” by beating and kicking the front-seat passenger and using a stun gun on him after a high-speed chase on Aug. 20, 2014.

They also said the officers filed false initial reports about what happened and then adjusted them about a week later after they found out that the beating was videotaped by an overhead helicopter operated by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

The officers had arrested the front-seat passenger, Jeffrey Braswell, on a charge of resisting arrest without violence before they found out about the video.

After realizing what was on tape, they rewrote their reports and added claims that Braswell had resisted them, tried to assault them and appeared to have been reaching for a weapon or trying to escape, prosecutors said. The officers were trying to justify their excessive use of force by making it seem like the suspect resisted them enough to justify what they did, according to the prosecution.

Boynton Beach Police Officer Patrick Monteith testified Tuesday that he saw much of what unfolded after the police chase ended and officers “swarmed” around the suspects’ car. His testimony, which resumes on Wednesday, suggested that Braswell was not resisting during the beating.

Monteith, who told jurors it was a “little bit” uncomfortable to see his fellow officers in court, testified that he had his police rifle trained on Braswell and watched much of what unfolded from just in front of the hood of the suspects’ car.

“I could see his [Braswell’s] hands. His hands were up. … He was blocking blows that were coming [from officers],” Monteith testified.

Braswell, whose seat belt was still on, was jerking back and forth in the seat from the blows like he was in a washing machine, Monteith said.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-pn-boynton-cops-beating-openings-20171030-story.html

Heroes in blue: Compilation of cops arrested 9/22/2017

 

Sheriff’s deputy arrested, accused of stealing cash, credit cards from …

Atlanta Journal ConstitutionSep 20, 2017
The case evolved into a narcotics investigation in which the person who reported the burglary, Sammy Shehata, was arrested for allegedly …
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Update: Pulaski Co. Deputy Arrested in Saline Co. Resigns

KARKSep 20, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is jailed in Benton after being arrested in a weekend incident.
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Deputy used stolen credit cards to buy baby items, Orange County …

Orlando SentinelSep 20, 2017
An Orange County Sheriff’s deputy who was suspended and arrested on theft charges Tuesday used stolen credit cards he took from a suspect …
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Sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting 2 inmates

Los Angeles TimesSep 14, 2017
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two inmates inside a county jail facility, Sheriff Jim …
LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Rape at Women’s Jail
Highly CitedNBC Southern CaliforniaSep 14, 2017

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Pulaski Co. deputy arrested on battery, assault charges

KATVSep 18, 2017
According to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski County Deputy Daniel Cantwell, 27, of White Hall, was arrested just after 4:10 a.m …
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Department deputy arrested on drug …

WRTV IndianapolisSep 15, 2017
DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. — A deputy with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department was arrested on drug charges late Wednesday night.
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Deputy arrested for domestic violence while off duty

KTALSep 19, 2017
Bossier Parish – Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has terminated a Bossier deputy following an off-duty incident that occurred in Bossier City.
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Former Humboldt County Correctional Deputy arrested on child …

KRCRTV.COMSep 19, 2017
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Corey Fisher, a former Humboldt County Correctional Deputy, has been arrested on …
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Anderson deputy arrested in domestic case; SLED says incident on …

Anderson Independent MailSep 15, 2017
An Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested after a “domestic disturbance” at his home, the agency announced late Friday …
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Ft. Meyers cops tipped drug dealers, discriminated; One fired 4 on leave

How’s that for some heroes? Out there risking their lies every day.

When are we going to stop giving these people default hero status just because they wear a badge and swear an oath?  

Any time you have an encounter Win an LEO it is just as likely to be this scumbag as not

Just a few bad apples right?

Yeah, sure.

That is why the city already has five and a whole list of others that they won’t release

That is why this website is filled with so many stories of debauchery and corruption

That is why every time I make a post I pass up on 20 other stories

This has to stop

We the people who are being subjected to this police state have to say that we have had enough and demand change

We are approaching a seminal moment in our nations history and in the end there is no place for crooks and thugs preying on our streets and citizens

The time is coming to replace the domestic warrior with the public servant

They just haven’t gotten the memo yet

 


Gutridge receiving officer of the quarter award

“FORT MYERS, Fla. –

Fort Myers police are firing one of their officers after an independent report exposed problems within the department.

Eric Gutridge is one of five officers put on leave after the Freeh report revealed corruption, racial bias and even officers tipping off drug dealers.

NBC2 first reported that the five officers have been on paid leave since February, but Gutridge is the only one currently that has been confirmed fired.

The timing of it all has attorneys working numerous cases in the legal system asking if there are more officers off the job.

“This is just another example of something going on that should be causing everyone serious concern,” said Donald Day, attorney for allegeded Lake Boyz gang member Jari McMiller.

McMiller is the brother of NFL star Sammy Watkins

Just 24 hours earlier, Day argued for the release of the full Freeh report with all the appendix items, that only chief Derrick Diggs was provided.

Gutridge was still on the list of officers on leave until June when we learned of a new list without his name.

In June, captain Jay Rodriguez says some other officers are on administrative leave, but some of those officers have active internal affairs investigations, so their identities are confidential at this time.”

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/36214546/fort-myers-police-officer-fired-amid-internal-investigation